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Land Board Awards 2009
Stream Project Award
Upper John Day Watershed Restoration Program - Grant, Malheur, Baker, Union and Harney Counties

Grant Soil and Water Conservation District staff, directors and partner representatives on the site of the 100th irrigation diversion project in summer 2009.
A fish passage in operation at one of the treated diversion sites along the John Day River.
For the past 16 years, the Grant Soil and Water Conservation District has worked with landowners along the upper John Day River to replace historic gravel push-up dams that impede fish passage.
Since the 1880s, push-up dams have been used to divert water for agricultural purposes. This type of dam requires reconstruction each season, using excavation equipment that reduces water quality and damages stream banks.
The conservation district has installed "lay-flat stanchion" dams that allow for fish passage and require little or no maintenance with excavation equipment.
The district marked their 100th irrigation diversion replacement in 2009, and plans to complete another 60 projects over the next 10 years.
Financial support from state and federal grants, and assistance from public and private partners, including landowners who were initially skeptical of the idea, have contributed to the program's success.
See news release for more information.


Partnership Award
Deschutes County Juvenile Community Justice Department
Crew cleaning up Todd Road property.
Trash at South Redmond tract.
Since 2007, crews of juvenile offenders ages 12 - 18 have removed trash from several parcels of state land as part of their required community service within Deschutes County.
In partnership with the Department of State Lands, they've removed vegetation for a firebreak on the Stevens Road tract in southeast Bend; cleaned up household trash on the South Redmond parcel; and removed household appliances used for ATV tracks on the Todd Road property.
The cleanups are done at no cost to the state, and are key to keeping state lands trash-free and more enjoyable for the public.
See news release for more information.


Wetland Project Awards
Neitzel Farm Habitat Restoration - Seaside
Aerial view of Neitzel Farm.
Looking north at the connection of the wetland complex to the Necanicum River.
The Neitzel family farm, located in the Necanicum River watershed, is the last historic "truck farm" in the area that has not been subdivided. The owners - Ernestine Neitzel and her son Les - wanted to ensure the property would be preserved in a natural state in perpetuity, and turned .61 acres on the farm into active wetlands.
The project involved a wide variety of partners, including government agencies, local businesses and neighboring property owners. The success of the restoration was partially due to in-kind technical assistance and labor, and donated plant material from nearby private forests.
Since connecting to the Necanicum River in November 2009, the created wetland complex has provided critical over-wintering habitat for more than 1,000 juvenile Coho and for spawning amphibians.
See news release for more information.

Munger Farm Restoration - Sherwood
Tualatin Riverkeepers and Riverdale High School students planted Oregon white oak, snowberry and Douglas spirea in March 2009.
Community volunteers planted native species in February 2010.
Using funds from a 1995 open-spaces bond measure, Metro purchased about 40 acres adjacent to the Tualatin River near Sherwood in 1997. The restoration project at the property known as Munger Farm aimed to provide access to the river and promote development of natural habitat in the watershed.
For many years, buried tiles had drained surface and groundwater from the site for farming. As a result, a major part of the restoration work involved disabling the drains and reseeding the area with native species and woody plants.
Native species now have a natural environment in which to flourish, and the public has access to a restored wetland area where they can learn about and experience a native Oregon landscape.
The project was coordinated by Tualatin Riverkeepers, and funded by the Department of State Lands, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Clean Water Services. The property is owned by Metro.
See the news release for more information.
More information on the Land Board Awards.